Campus Connections, an on-campus, at-risk youth mentoring program, is accepting applications for the spring 2017 semester. Priority applications are due Tuesday, Oct. 25, by 5 p.m. and can be turned in at the Gifford Building, Room 142.
Campus Connections, formerly known as Campus Corps, is unlike any other class at CSU. This three-credit course offers students a chance to work with and mentor at-risk youth ages 11-18 years old. CSU students have described their experience in Campus Connections as life-changing and one of the most memorable experiences of their college career.
As a Campus Connections mentor, students gain experience working directly with a high-need population and make their resumes stand out. Outreach work of this nature gives students an important new skill set and professional work experience, while also allowing them to work directly with youth and their families.
What is Campus Connections?
Campus Connections: Therapeutic Mentoring for At-Risk Youth is a multidisciplinary service-learning course offered through the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Department at CSU. The goal of Campus Connections is to strengthen youth life skills and self-confidence and to promote the resilience and life success of at-risk youth. Students enrolled in Campus Connections are paired with a youth age 11-18 and provide one-on-one mentoring for 12 weeks.
The mentors who participate in Campus Connections are recruited (from over 85 majors) to mentor youth referred through the juvenile justice system, schools and community agencies. Campus Connections is offered on campus on four different nights (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday). Students who participate will choose one of the four sections (i.e., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night) to register for and attend lab. The sooner you submit your application, the more likely you are to get your first choice.
How is it unique?
Campus Connections is a unique program because it has the structure and therapeutic staff to address the mental health and behavioral issues of youths beyond the scope of traditional mentorship programs. Throughout the semester, CSU students spend four hours (4-8 p.m.) providing both individual and group mentoring. Youth participants attend lab one evening per week for four hours in order to receive support towards academic success and future-oriented goals, explore CSU’s campus, eat dinner and participate in pro-social activities with their CSU mentor and other youth participants. To prepare for and debrief the evening, CSU students arrive at the lab one hour before the youth arrive and stay one hour after the youth leave (i.e., the lab runs from 3 to 9 p.m. for CSU students). To learn more about Campus Connections, stop by Gifford, Room 142, to speak with a Campus Connections representative and observe part of a lab night.
To learn more:
1. Check out the website.
2. Attend an informational meeting (required* of all applicants).
Information meetings for the spring 2017 semester, made by appointment with the Campus Connections recruitment coordinators, will be held:
– Friday, Oct. 7: 9 a.m., Gifford 149
– Tuesday, Oct. 11: 7 p.m., BSB 107
– Wednesday, Oct. 12: 8 p.m., BSB 103
– Monday, Oct. 17: 5 p.m., BSB A101
– Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., BSB 107
– Thursday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m., BSB A101
– Monday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., BSB A101
To schedule an alternative time, email email@example.com.
*Attendance at one of these informational meetings is required. You are under no obligation to apply if you attend a meeting.
3. Those who are interested can also speak with a current Campus Connections mentor. Current CSU Campus Connections mentors are happy to answer any questions about becoming a mentor. If possible, contact a CSU student mentor who is currently enrolled in the program to find out more about their experiences working with the youth. To have one of the Campus Connections interns connect you with a current mentor, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have more questions?
Office: (970) 492-4004
Location: Gifford Building, Room 142